Esperanza Spalding returns to Berklee as part of a special two-week tour, Thank You October, with longtime collaborators Leo Genovese and Lyndon Rochelle. This intimate trio performance will feature selections from Esperanza's critically-acclaimed releases: Junjo, Esperanza, Chamber Music Society, andRadio Music Society.
Each semester, the Jazz Composition Department produces a concert of the best compositions by its majors. Featuring a variety of approaches by a talented group of composers and performers, this show promises to be an enjoyable one.
Mirel Wagner's songs are like a smooth, polished pebbles thrown into a bottomless pond, drops of life that set the darkness rippling. Her acoustic balladry is as far as you’ll get from clichéd coffee house folk, having more to do with the primeval darkness of Swans than the folksy bonhomie of Bob Dylan. Her background couldn’t be more normal: a relatively sheltered childhood in the suburbs of Helsinki. Her self-titled debut is still causing ripples today. Its nine songs distill the very essence of darkness, the hollowed-out bones of the blues. They seem ancient, worn, and frank in their brutal honesty.When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day is uniform and cohesive set of songs. Wagner wrote most of these songs in a log cabin on the peninsula of Hailuoto in northern Finland. It traces the melody absentmindedly, like you’d trace the outline of the back of a sleeping lover, humming as it ambles along. At times playful, at other times chillingly emotionless, Wagner is difficult to pin down. Her vocals are louder than ever on this new record, with the whisper of yesteryear drawing each breath.
Enjoy Wagner's official video of Oak Tree from her upcoming album When The Cellar Children See the Light of Day here:
BITR, short for Berklee In the Round, occurs on the second Tuesday of every month. Each month a different faculty member selects four or five students and one special guest (a visiting artist, touring songwriter, or other performer), and hosts an in-the-round performance. The event, based on in-the-round performances at the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, seats songwriters in a circle where they take turns playing their songs. The audience is seated around the performers, lending a more intimate feel to the show.